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donderdag 16 februari 2017

It's On

Have you seen the LEGO Batman Movie yet? It’s in Dutch theatres now.
Will Arnett does the voice of LEGO Batman in movie. In the video, he’s a guest on BBC Radio 1. They call a toy shop and play a telephone game.
In the game, Will Arnett has to speak with his Batman voice.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.

  • snap together - fit tightly together when you press
  • put someone on - give someone the phone so they can speak to a person
  • quality stuff - really good stuff
  • It’s just come in - It has just arrived
  • xylophone - a musical instrument with wooden bars of different lengths that you hit with a hammer
  • zoo-like - like in a zoo
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. How does the telephone game work?

  2. Does the shop have the first toy Batman is looking for?

  3. What time does the shop close?

Extra speaking assignment
You don’t need a telephone to play the game in the video.
So there you go:
It’s your turn to play this game. Before you start, write down some words to help you along.
Or play with a classmate and take turns with each letter of the alphabet.

Extra words assignment
1. Watch the video once more.
2. Write down all the alphabet words Batman uses on the phone.
3. Look up any words you do not know.

Think Before You Share

You hear a lot about fake news these days. Some even talk about “real” fake news and “fake” fake news. Wrap your head around that!

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • double check - to check once and then once more in order to be certain
  • fishy - likely to be bad or untrue
  • dodgy - false, untrue, dishonest
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. Everything online is true. True or false?

  2. Name one reason why people make up fake news.

  3. Name at least 3 questions you should ask yourself before believing (and sharing) a story.

  4. What do you learn about sites with a .com web address, a .co.uk web address or a .com.co web address?

donderdag 9 februari 2017

The Eagle Huntress

Each year in February the BAFTA Film Awards are announced. BAFTA is the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.
This year, The Eagle Huntress is nominated for a BAFTA award. It is a film about Aisholpan. She is a girl who lives in the Altai mountains.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • nomad - a member of a group of people who move from place to place instead of living in one place all the time
  • a precious skill - een kostbare vaardigheid
  • a master eagle hunter - een van de allerbeste arendjagers
  • competition - an event in which people try to win by being better, faster, etc., than others
  • soar - fly high, high in the sky
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. For how long have the nomads of the Altai mountains hunted with golden eagles?

  2. Write down three things about Aisholpan.

  3. It’s a “true story”. What does that mean?

Kīlauea

Kīlauea is a volcano in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. It’s very active currently.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • fire hose of lava - a long tube-like stream of lava
  • collapse - a moment in which something suddenly breaks apart and falls down
  • out of harm’s way - in a safe place, far enough from a dangerous place or situation
  • cascade - flow down in large amounts like a huge waterfall
  • molten rocks - rocks melted by heat
  • a sight to behold - a wonderful or impressive thing to see
  • grinding noises - the sound of things crushing or breaking
  • heed signs - pay attention to signs
  • first responders - people trained to come and help quickly in case of an emergency
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. Did scientists know exactly when the sea cliff would collapse?

  2. Can you often see such a fire hose of lava?
    Tip: Note the words Jessica Ferracane uses to describe it.

  3. What message does the reporter have for park users?

  4. What happened in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on New Year’s Eve?

donderdag 2 februari 2017

Snapchat

The makers of Snapchat are about to become very rich. Their company will be going public (gaat naar de beurs) later this year.
Rory doesn’t Snapchat, but he wants to find out what’s so great about the app. In the video, Priscilla shows him.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.

  • I’m determined to understand this. - I really want to understand this.
  • spiral staircase - stairs that go round and round and round
  • make money out of something - earn money with something
  • appeal - the thing or things that make people like something
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. According to Priscilla, what is the best thing to do in Snapchat?

  2. According to Priscilla, what’s the point of Snapchat?

  3. Roger asks if their lunch is snappable.
    Explain the underlined word.
    What does Priscilla answer?

  4. How does Snapchat make money out of people using their app? Name two ways.

  5. According to Priscilla, what is it about Snapchat that makes people like it so much?

Extra speaking assignment
1. Watch the video once more.
2. Listen to Priscilla explaining how Snapchat works.
3. Now it’s your turn to explain how Snapchat works. Do it in three to five steps.

Extra speaking or writing assignment
Do you Snapchat?
Tell people why you think Snapchat is really fun. Do this in 30 to 40 words.
Write them down or just tell your classmates.

Bon Appétit!

Scientists have just published a new article on something called “misophonia”. Miso what? The video will tell you all about it.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • eat out - have a meal in a restaurant rather than at home
  • disorder - illness; physical or mental condition that is not normal or healthy
  • genuine - actual, real, true; not false or fake
  • trigger sounds - sounds that can cause something (in this case misophonia)
  • go into overdrive - start working very hard or being very active
  • perspiration - sweating
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. Describe, in your own words, what misophonia is.

  2. Have scientists always believed it to be a real thing?

  3. Can misophonia be cured?

vrijdag 27 januari 2017

1984

Breaking bookish news this week was that Amazon has sold out on 1984. A good reason as ever to read (or re-read) George Orwell’s famous novel. The main character is Winston Smith. For starters, the video by Shaun from Australia will give you a good idea what the story is all about.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • mundane - dull and ordinary
  • impure thoughts - intimate thoughts that are considered wrong; not allowed by in this case, Big Brother
  • crippling - very unplesasant, making it impossible to move freely
  • evaporate - go away suddenly, disappear, vanish
  • eventually - at some later time
  • rodent - a small animal (such as a mouse, rat, squirrel, or beaver) that has sharp front teeth
  • bleak - not hopeful or encouraging
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.



  1. What is Winston’s job?

  2. Who or what is Big Brother?

  3. What effect does Julia’s note have on Winston?

  4. What is special about Room 101?

  5. What did Shaun take away from this book?

Extra discussion questions

Work in groups of 4 or 5 or have a class discussion.
Pick a question and start discussing.
  1. Think about Winston’s job. Do you think it’s okay what he does? Explain your point of view.
  2. Find out why 1984 suddenly is so popular. Now that you know more about the story: Do you see it as a topical (actueel) novel as well? Explain your point of view.

Extra reading assignment
Read 1984 yourself and form your own opinion.

donderdag 26 januari 2017

Fired Up

On January 20, 2017, Donald Trump was inaugurated as America's 45th President.
The day after, the Women's March on Washington took place. Why did they take to the streets?

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • call for something - say loud and clear that something is necessary or should be done
  • global - involving the entire world
  • rally - a public meeting to support or disapprove someone or something
  • affordable - not too expensive; with a price people can pay
  • under threat - in a situation that something bad or harmful could happen
  • bigotry - intolerance for people who have different opinions, beliefs, etc. than oneself
  • fired up - filled with enthusiasm and excitement
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. How did it all begin?

  2. Explain what the video’s title means: Women's March Goes Global.

  3. What was the main message of the march?

Extra writing and speaking assignment

1. Watch the video again.
2. Write down three things people say they are marching for.
3. Compare your list with those of your classmates.
4. Discuss how you feel about these things. Would you fight for them?

donderdag 19 januari 2017

Marching to Their Own Beat

What's going on in Tupelo?

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • practice - event at which a person or group practices an activity (such as singing, dancing, playing music, etc.) in order to prepare for a public performance
  • capital - city in which the main offices of a government can be found
  • inauguration - the formal beginning of someone’s new job or position
  • ache - hurt
  • overwhelming - very great in number
  • basically - essentially, in fact
  • heyday - time when someone or something is most successful
  • manufacturing - industry of making products, especially with machines in factories
  • boost - help to grow
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. What are the Tupelo High School Band players practicing for?

  2. What reason(s) do the students give for wanting to go to Washington?

  3. How many students would have voted for Donald Trump?

  4. What is the connection between Elvis Presley and Tupelo?

  5. Where exactly will the students perform?

Extra words questions
Watch the video again. Focus on the following moments:
  1. At 1:58 the commentator says:
    “But we’re not here to talk about the King. We want to talk about the new president.”
    Who is “the King” he is referring to?

  2. At 2:31 the commentator says:
    “They believe the new president will cut red tape.”
    Explain the underlined expression.

Freezing Fun

It’s freezing cold and many people in our country can’t wait to put their ice skates on. But there’s more fun to have in ice-cold weather. Just watch what Lottie does when temperatures drop below zero.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • task - a piece of work that has been given to someone; a job for someone to do
  • hole - an opening into something
  • gloves - a covering for the hand with separate parts for each finger
  • saw - a tool with a sharp blade that is used to cut through hard material
  • pass away - die
  • in a row - following one after another


  1. Lottie will heat up the sauna. What other two tasks have to be done?

  2. How thick is the ice in the lake?

  3. How many years in a row did Lottie’s grandmother go ice swimming?

  4. How many winters has Lottie herself gone ice swimming?

  5. What happens every time they go to the sauna?


zaterdag 14 januari 2017

Thundersnow

In the UK, winter has arrived, with frosty nights and chilly days. And now they are even expecting thundersnow. Ever heard of that? It’s really rare. Someone filmed it near Chicago some winters ago.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • phenomenon - an interesting fact that is unusual or difficult to understand or explain fully
  • visibility - the distance people can can see as determined by light and weather conditions
  • plows - vehicles used for clearing snow from a road, driveway, etc.
  • bolt - a bright line of light that appears in the sky during a storm; a flash of lightning
  • springtime - the season that follows winter
  • tricky - difficult
  • unstable - changing all the time, not fixed
  • muffled - of sounds: not loud because of a wrapping or some other sort of blocking; muted
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.

  1. What is “thundersnow”?

  2. What is the tricky part for making thundersnow happen?

  3. Can you hear the thunder clearly during thundersnow? Explain your answer.


Extra reading assignment
  1. Read this article about all sorts of winter storms.
  2. List all the weather phenomena described in the article.
  3. Find a picture and/or video of each weather phenomenon.

Fun fact: While this post is being written, actual thundersnow is happening outside.

donderdag 12 januari 2017

Unfortunate Events

Lemony Snicket wrote 13 books in the Series of Unfortunate Events. Very strange things happen in these stories. Netflix has now turned them into a TV series. The TV series hit the screens this month.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • unfortunate - very unlucky, miserable, really bad
  • misfortune - bad luck
  • despair - the feeling of no longer having any hope
  • rife with misfortune and despair - full of misfortune and despair
  • guardian - someone who takes care of another person
  • chores - small jobs that have to be done regularly
  • wretched - very badf
  • secret codes - symbols, letters, numbers, and such used to secretly send messages to someone
  • in disguise - wearing strange clothes or other things so that people will not recognize you
  • hunt down - keep looking for someone and find and capture them
  • expedition - a journey by a group of people for a specific purpose
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.

  1. What does “perish” mean?

  2. Who is Count Olaf?

  3. What does Count Olaf want from the Baudelaire children?

  4. Why do the children have to flip the hourglas (zandloper a couple of times?

  5. Would you like to watch this series? Explain your answer.

Extra reading assignment
Are you more a bookworm? If so:
1. Check out the Unfortunate Events books from your library.
2. Start reading.

donderdag 5 januari 2017

Happy New Year!

How did you ring in 2017? People have different New Year’s traditions around the world. The video zooms in on a famous one.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • annual - happening once a year
  • nationwide - all over the nation or country
  • possum - buidelrat
  • get the ball rolling - get an activity, process, event, tradition, etc. started
  • de-calibrate - lose calibration (exact adjustment) and therefore become less accurate
  • eventually - in the end; at some later time
  • fast-forward - move forward through time quickly
  • opt for - choose for
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.



  1. Name three North American New Year’s Eve traditions.

  2. When did the Royal Navy start using the ball on a flag pole to set their clocks?

  3. Who started the tradition of celebrating New Year’s Eve on Times Square?

  4. In what year was the first New Year’s Eve ball dropped on Times Square?

  5. What was different in 1942 and 1943? And why?

Extra listening assignments (A2)

Click here for a previous video plus assignment on the celebration at Times Square.

Watch this, this or this previous video plus assignments on New Year’s resolutions (and how to keep them).



CES 2017

The International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is an international event that takes place every January in Las Vegas, Nevada. CES introduces amazing innovations. This year: Virtual reality shoes! Chris Foxx tries them on.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • VR - short for “virtual reality”: an artificial world of images and sounds created by a computer
  • convincing - causing someone to believe that something is true or certain
  • gear - supplies, clothes and such needed for a special purpose
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. What kind of surfaces does Chris Foxx test with the VR shoes? 

  2. How do they work?

  3. Does Chris find the VR shoes experience convincing?

  4. Why would someone want VR shoes?

  5. Which other sorts of gear are used to play video games?

donderdag 15 december 2016

Moose Warning



A moose is a large deer. A male moose is called a bull, a female moose is called a cow, and a young moose is called a calf. A group of moose is called a herd. The plural form of moose is "moose."
This week, people in Canada were warned about moose licking cars. These moose can get aggressive.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • catch on - learn or understand something
  • potassium - a mineral that the body needs to work normally; found in (dried) fruits, all sorts of vegetables, and more. kalium
  • calcium - another mineral that the body needs; found in milk, cheese and such, also in nuts, beans, broccoli, and more.
  • magnesium - and yet another important mineral; found in nuts, seeds, fish, avocados, yogurt, dark chocolate, and more.
  • popsicle - a piece of flavored ice or ice cream on a stick
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.



  1. “Our little calf is catching on pretty quick.”
    Explain what this sentence means.

  2. Why do the moose like to lick the car?

  3. Is it healthy for the moose to lick the car?
    Explain your answer.

  4. “It’s like my car is a popsicle.”
    Explain what this sentence means.